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McGuinness takes on Celtic role

Friday, November 09, 2012

Donegal's All-Ireland winning manager Jim McGuinness has taken up a role with Celtic as a performance consultant, it has been confirmed.

He will remain on as Donegal football manager. However, full details have yet to emerge as to how such an arrangement will be carried out, and as to how much time he will be spending in Scotland and Ireland respectively.

A statement from the Glasgow-based club reads: "Celtic are delighted to announce that Donegal GAA Football manager Jim McGuinness is joining the club as a performance consultant.

"The 39-year-old, who has enjoyed great success with Donegal, leading them to the All-Ireland title in 2012, will be based at Lennoxtown and will help in the development of the club’s young players."

His new role could be worth up to €150,000 per annum for him at the Celtic FC Academy. McGuinness attended Celtic's superb victory over Barcelona in the Champions League on Wednesday, having met club officials earlier that day to discuss the terms and arrangements of his possible involvement. He visited the club earlier in the year after being invited over by manager Neil Lennon.

McGuinness holds a number of qualifications in sports science and sports psychology, with a Masters degree in the latter. He has worked in the North West Regional College in Limavady lecturing as a sports psychologist.

McGuinness said in the statement that he was delighted to be joining Celtic, was very eager to get started in the role and was very thankful to Celtic manager Lennon for giving him such an opportunity.

"It's a fantastic opportunity for me on an individual level and I'm very thankful to Neil Lennon for giving me this chance and bringing me into the club," said McGuinness, speaking to the official Celtic website.

"Obviously I work in amateur sport and the opportunity to work in professional sport in any capacity is a wonderful chance for me and one I'm very much looking forward to. My role will be based on developing the younger players in the club, development and Academy players that are U20 and that level.

"It's really about trying to work on every single one of the players on an individual level, trying to develop them in several areas, something I have experienced often in the past.

"You are really looking to create a finished product that is good enough to be pushing for the first team and creating a stronger squad at the club.

"We will hopefully look at every single player as an individual project and move them forward as best we can. We will revaluate every couple of months and try and move them forward and give them the best opportunity to develop and grow within the club so they can put their best foot forward in making the ultimate step up to first-team football."

Lennon said he believes McGuinness will be a major addition to the Celtic backroom team.

“We are absolutely delighted that Jim has agreed to join us. He is a first-class coach and manager and a high-quality individual who has achieved so much already in sport.

"We feel he will add real value to the Club in terms of moving our young players forward and in making sure they develop in the right way for the benefit of the Club."

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